Take a look inside the Norfolk cottage with the ‘garden kitchen’ from Las Vegas - on sale for £600,000
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Oaklands Cottage near Broome combines the character of a period home with high end, modern living features and is on sale for offers in excess of £600,000.
From the front, Oaklands Cottage looks like a charming country home, complete with red brickwork, a pretty porch and bay windows either side of the front door.
Step inside, however, and you find yourself in a stylish home, which presents all the character of the original period home alongside some eye-catching – and often innovative – interiors.
Built around 1890 as two farmworkers' cottages, the three-story house, which is currently on the market with Musker McIntyre for offers in excess of £600,000, has been substantially renovated and upgraded by its current owner.
It sits in approximately 1.9 acres of land and includes an adjoining, single storey annexe; this was converted from a former cattle shed and comprises a bedroom, bathroom and open-plan sitting room and kitchen, with a vaulted ceiling.
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Visitors to the main house enter via the porch and find themselves in an attractive open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, where modern features, such a beautiful travertine floor, spot lighting and high gloss kitchen units, sit alongside magnificent, heavy oak beams.
In the bespoke kitchen area, which has integrated appliances, heavy wooden work surfaces contrast with the contemporary, shiny unit fronts in cream, black and burgundy. In the dining area, a solid wood table has been married with contrasting blue and metalwork seating.
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This main area really is designed with both family living and entertaining in mind, allowing people to cook, chat and sit down to eat together within the same generous space. There is even a charming window seat, where a family member could settle comfortable with a book, while still being within earshot of whoever was cooking in the kitchen.
Furthermore, at the kitchen end there are French windows that can be opened up on to a spacious terrace, designed for outdoor living and entertaining during the summer months.
Subject to the relevant planning permissions, says Kevin Bowie, property consultant at Musker McIntyre, there could be potential to add a garden room right out into this area, creating additional useable space, and bringing the inside out (and the outside in) even more.
This terraced area, which takes in beautiful views out over the surrounding countryside, has been arranged with recliners, comfortable seating and dining furniture.
Most impressive of all, perhaps, is that the current owner has created a 'garden kitchen' out here too, complete with a pizza oven and deep fat fryer, as well as a barbecue – all imported from Las Vegas!
The well-kept rear garden also features a professional training swimming pool, with a continuous current and which can be heated up to 40 deg for use as a hot tub during cooler weather or on summer evenings.
But Oaklands Cottage is not all about entertaining large groups of friends and family: also located on the ground floor is a cosy sitting room, with an enormous wood-burning stove, which can be lit to settle down beside on quieter evenings in.
A hall, where there is utility space and which leads to a cloakroom, houses the door through to the annexe, bringing further flexibility to the home. This could allow the two living areas to be used as one large home, should that suit the requirements of the next owners. Equally, the annexe could be ideal for a relative seeking independence or for holiday let guests.
Up the beautiful staircase is the first floor landing, which gives on to three of the bedrooms and the simply spectacular family bathroom. Like the rest of the house this has been finished to a high specification: its floor and walls are tiled in a charcoal porcelain and one end is a wet room while the other has a free-standing, contemporary slipper bath.
Opposite the bathroom is a children's room, with built-in, wooden bunk beds, while at the front of the house are two airy, sun-filled bedrooms, which take in far-reaching views. One of these has an en suite shower room.
But, as in the proper order of things, the best is always saved until last. Another staircase emerges up into the second floor office. This is a very useful work space, which could also become a bedroom, and it leads through into the master suite.
This sumptuous space begins with a walk-in dressing area to one side and then opens up to reveal a luxurious bedroom, with the most incredible rural vistas, and a glass-block walled en suite bathroom, with a spacious, travertine-tiled wet room area.
There are so many surprises at Oaklands Cottage – and these continue outside too.
Across the country lane from the main property is a one-acre field, with a number of outbuildings, which could have all sorts of uses. The current owner uses them as workshop space and for his outdoor equipment but, again, they offer great versatility.
There is also a wildlife pond and vegetable garden over here and while this land could be also ideal for anyone seeking to keep a horse, pony or other animals, perhaps, it has been yet another superb entertaining area for the current owner.
At the far end, where there are panoramic views, he has built a magnificent wooden gazebo, using weighty and weathered timber reclaimed from the sea defences at Yarmouth.
And not only has he held parties out here, but on one glorious summer day he also staged a pop picnic, complete with live music, refreshments and more than 400 guests.
• Oaklands Cottage is for sale with a guide price of offers in excess of £600,000. For more information call Musker McIntyre on 01508 521110